Merritt Funeral Chapel

2113 Granite Avenue, Merritt, BC


Bernard Augustine MANUEL

May 28, 1945September 23, 2019

Bernard “Buzz” Manuel, Sr. Monday, 23 Sep 2019

Bernard Augustine Manuel, was born in Spaxmin on May 28, 1945 to the late Daniel and Suzannah (Bent) Manuel. He was one of seven children and is survived by his siblings: Doreen Sterling, N’kwala Daniel Manuel and Steven Manuel. Buzz is survived by his loving wife of 48 years Rita (Swakum) Manuel and their three children Robert Manuel, Collette Sunday and Bernard Manuel, Jr. His grandchildren are Justine, Sophia, Isabelle, Everett, Devyn, Keanu, Phoenix, Linden Manuel and his great grandson Sky Manuel Melting-Tallow.

Not only was he a logger but he also was Chief of Upper Nicola Band and Band Councillor. In 1998, he retired from logging. He loved to spend quality time with his sons, nephews and friends—hunting, gathering traditional foods and fishing. He not only prepared what he gathered, but taught others how to do the same. He especially loved to hunt ducks and geese. He was well known for his sense of humour, which everyone can attest to. Buzz in his younger days played as a defenceman for the Quilchena Braves and wore # “6”. For years he was coach and manager of the Braves. In 2018, local hockey fans celebrated 50 years of the Moccasin Hockey Tournament.

Buzz is descended from a long line of hereditary chiefs Pelkamulox I, II, and III, N’kwala and Alexander and Johnny (Salista) Chillihitzia.

Buzz’s last few months were spent in the Nicola Valley Hospital where he was well taken care of the by the staff. He passed away peacefully, at Gillis house. The family would like to thank the Kamloops Renal Transplant Clinic, Dr. Vander Merwe, Dr. Soderberg, Dr. Lyttle and Dr.Goetz and the many nurses and medical staff who took care of him.

Buzz was many things to many people: Dad, husband, brother, uncle, Puba, relative and friend. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.


  • Funeral Service Friday, September 27, 2019


Bernard Augustine MANUEL

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